To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher), Official Report, 4 April, columns 687–92, if he will republish the figures in table 4 of the answer showing housing benefit, standard and certificated, separately from retirement pension.
The information is not available in the precise form requested. The table shows housing benefit separately from retirement pension.
|Incomes of Pensioner Tax Units with all income in State Benefits 1979–1987|
|Average total net income||RP+Supp. ben. plus housing benefit||Of which housing benefit||Other benefits (including disability benefits)|
Average total net income
RP+Supp. ben. plus housing benefit
Of which housing benefit
Other benefits (including disability benefits)
1. All cash figures are £ per week (to nearest 10 pence) at 1987 prices.
2. All figures refer to pensioner tax units.
3. Retirement pension and related benefits includes basic retirement pension, additional pension, income support and housing benefit.
4. In common with all other surveys, the Family Expenditure Survey draws information from a random sample of the population. This means that the FES will occasionally include some individuals whose weekly income are considerably higher or lower than those of the remainder of their group. The unrepresentative income of such individuals when averaged may give wide swings in year-to-year comparisons. In general when viewed over the longer term, the data provides a more reliable overall indication of the movement in average weekly incomes.
5. Prior to 1984 there is no information on a full year basis on standard and certified Housing Benefit.
6. For 1984–1987 the data from the FES is not sufficiently accurate to provide separate figures on the average amounts of certificated and standard Housing Benefit.